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5 Sky Events This Week: Row of Planets, Summer Triangle

Changing Planet<p><b>Evening planets continue to dazzle all week long, the largest asteroid in the solar system pays a brief visit, and an annual celestial landmark rises, signaling that summer is not too far off.</b><p><b>Mercury Meets Jupiter</b>. Look towards the very low northwest horizon on Monday, May 27, about …

Monterey Shale Shakes Up California's Energy Future

In the valley that once lured gold seekers, oil prospectors are converging on the Monterey shale—a sharp new twist in California's path to cleaner energy.<p><b>It's easy to tick off the ways in which California is a leader in clean energy: It harvests more solar energy than any other state, has a program</b> …

Marco Rubio's risky gamble

The New York Times had a fascinating look this past weekend at the three Republican senators who are blocking the U.S. Senate's ability to move forward with budget negotiations. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio are the young senators standing in the way of all of Congress negotiating the outlines …

Weiner gaining in N.Y.C. mayor poll

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner has slashed away at front-runner Christine Quinn’s lead in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary, according to a poll released Tuesday, cutting her advantage in half in a little over a month.<p>Weiner, who formally entered the race last week, now draws 19 percent of the …

Bad Astronomy: Book featured on the front page of Wikipedia.

Well, this is very exciting: the Wikipedia entry for my first book, <i>Bad Astronomy</i>, is featured on the front page of Wikipedia today; right now (as I …

Chinese hackers compromised U.S. weapons system designs

Ellen Nakashima in the <i>Washington Post</i>: "Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese …

Manhattan Sunset (by Mondayne)